This month's reading, Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto, is a very interesting take on the American education system and its impact on our kids. Gatto’s storytelling skill shines as he relates tales of real people who fled the school system and succeeded in spite of the popular wisdom that insists on diplomas, degrees, and credentials. He focuses on mechanisms of familiar schooling that cripple imagination, discourage critical thinking, and create a false view of learning as a by-product of rote-memorization drills.
John Taylor Gatto taught for thirty years in public schools. He climaxed his teaching career as New York State Teacher of the Year in 1991. That same year, he resigned from school-teaching in the op-ed pages of The Wall Street Journal. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to bring about school reform.
Come for what is sure to be an interesting discussion on what could be a hot topic!
Date: Monday evening, Oct. 17th, 2011
Here the line up for the next few months:
Nov: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Dec: No Book Club - Christmas Break
Jan: In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Feb: We pick our reading for the next 6 months!